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ON THIS DAY, 1962...

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, USA. Cruise is a prominent American actor and producer known for his dynamic presence in the film industry.

Career Beginnings:

  • Cruise began acting in high school, and after a brief stint in a seminary, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

  • His first significant role was in the 1981 film "Endless Love."

Breakthrough and Stardom:

  • Risky Business (1983): This film catapulted Cruise to fame, especially known for the iconic scene of him dancing in his underwear.

  • Top Gun (1986): Solidified his status as a leading actor in Hollywood, becoming an international star.

Notable Films:

  • Rain Man (1988): Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman, the film won several Oscars, including Best Picture.

  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989): Earned Cruise his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

  • Jerry Maguire (1996): Another critical and commercial success, earning him his second Oscar nomination.

  • Mission: Impossible series (1996-present): Cruise has starred in and produced this highly successful franchise and is known for performing his own stunts.

  • Minority Report (2002) and War of the Worlds (2005): Both films directed by Steven Spielberg.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Cruise has received numerous awards, including three Golden Globe Awards.

  • He has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

Personal Life:

  • Cruise has been married three times: to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman (with whom he has two adopted children), and Katie Holmes (with whom he has one daughter, Suri).

  • He is known for his involvement with the Church of Scientology, which has been a significant part of his public identity and sometimes controversy.

Recent Work:

  • Cruise continues to be a major force in Hollywood, with recent projects including "Top Gun: Maverick" (2022), a sequel to the 1986 original, which received critical acclaim and was a box-office success.

  • He remains dedicated to the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, with more instalments in production.


  • He is known for his dedication to his craft, including performing many of his stunts.

  • Regarded as one of the most successful and influential actors in Hollywood.

Tom Cruise's career spans over four decades, and it is marked by versatility and an enduring star quality that has kept him at the top of the entertainment industry.


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